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Kolkata: TRINAMOOL workers today roughed up several BJP cadres near Keoratala Crematorium in Kolkata where they had gone to milk-bathe a bust of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee vandalised by an ultra-Left group yesterday. [READ: Maoist-link accused among 7 held for Shyama Prasad Mukherjee bust damage]

While two BJP workers have suffered hospitable injuries in the attack, police have arrested four BJP workers for trying to move towards Keoratala by breaking a police barricade at Rash Behari Crossing.

BJP president Dilip Ghosh has accused the police and Trinamool cadres of being hand-in-glove so spoil what he claimed to be a “peaceful purification drive for Mukherjee’s bust violated by anti-nationals.”

Trouble began right from the morning today. As announced by Ghosh yesterday, several BJP cadres turned up in front of Keoratala Crematorium to milk-bathe the bust of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.

But even before this, Trinamool workers from the surrounding areas had taken a position there and they roughed up the BJP cadres when they tried to enter the CR Das Park at Keoratala where the damaged bust stands. A male and a female BJP worker were thrashed by Trinamool cadres right on the road and they were compelled to flee from the spot.

Learning about this, a large BJP rally led by state president Ghosh set out for Keoratala from near Lake Market area. The rally, however, was stopped at Rash Behari Crossing by police who had taken put up barricades in advance.

Some in the BJP rally got into a scuffle with police and tried to move ahead forcibly but police foiled their bid. Four of them were arrested from the spot for breaking the barricade and assaulting police.

BJP leaders are claiming that theirs was a peaceful programme only to bathe the bust with milk. Trinamool, however, has alleged that the saffron party was trying to foment unrest by exploiting the issue. They said that KMC has already taken initiative to repair the bust.